Heinrich Von Sybel

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Sybel, Heinrich Von


Born Dec. 2, 1817, in Dusseldorf; died Aug. 1, 1895, in Marburg. German historian and political figure; representative of the nationalistic Prussian-oriented little Germany school, which was a leading tendency in German bourgeois historiography in the second half of the 19th century.

Sybel studied at the University of Berlin with L. von Ranke and F. von Savigny. He became a professor at the University of Marburg in 1846; from 1856 to 1860 he was a professor at the University of Munich, and from 1861 to 1874 at the University of Bonn. In 1859 he founded the journal Historische Zeitschrift. He became director of the Prussian State Archives in Berlin in 1875. From 1862 to 1864 he was a deputy in the Prussian Landtag; in the Reichstag of the North German Confederation, where he was a deputy beginning in 1867, he aligned himself with the National Liberals. An ideologue of the big bourgeoisie, Sybel fused a moderately liberal critique of feudal vestiges and of Germany’s political fragmentation with an antidemocratic attitude, deeply hostile to the revolutionary movement. As with other liberals, he shifted from opposition to Bismarck to a position of compromise with the Junker regime. From the mid-1860’s he was an active supporter of the unification of Germany through the Prussian monarchy.

Viewing history as a political science, Sybel injected his own political ideas into his historical writings. This explains his extremely tendentious, negative description of the Great French Revolution as the “dangerous French way” of struggling with feudalism, his idealization of the Prussian monarchy, and his apologia of the Hohenzollerns and Bismarck, whom he depicted as fighters for a national German state. At the same time Sybel also expressed rational opinions in his works, such as his view of the medieval Holy Roman Empire as a brake on the development of a national German state and his critical evaluation of the role of Catholicism in history.


Die deutsche Nation und Kaiserreich. Düsseldorf, 1862.
Die Begréndung des Deutschen Reiches durch Wilhelm I, vols. 1–7. Munich-Leipzig, 1889–95.
In Russian translation:
Istoriia frantsuzskoi revoliutsii i ee vremeni (1789–1795), parts 1—4. St. Petersburg, 1863–67.


Istoriografiia novogo vremeni stran Evropy i Ameriki. Moscow, 1967. Pages 297–302, 307–08.
Gavrilichev, V. A. “Teoretiko-metodologicheskie osnovy istoricheskikh issledovanii Genrikha fon Zibelia.” In the collection Metodologicheskie i istoriograficheskie voprosy istoricheskoi nauki. Tomsk, 1963.
Schleier, H. Sybel und Treitschke. … Berlin, 1965.


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Lecky, Alice Stopford Green, Leopold von Ranke, Heinrich von Sybel, Johannes Janssen, Felix Dahn, Gustav Freytag, Heinrich von Treitschke, and Johannes Haller.
Wilhelm Dilthey e Heinrich von Sybel eram dois outros que a politica havia aproximado de seu circulo familiar (ROTH 2001, p.
A Historische Zeitschrift (Revista Historica) ou apenas HZ, como e, comumente, grafada pelos alemaes, e um periodico semestral criado em 1859 por um dos pupilos de Ranke, Heinrich von Sybel. Na revista, exclusivamente, dedicada a divulgacao da ciencia historica alema (SCHIEDER 1959, pp.
Ao longo do seculo XIX, a HZ reuniu os principais representantes da historiografia alema, contando com artigos produzidos por renomados historiadores como Leopold von Ranke, Johann Gustav Droysen, Georg Waitz, Theodor Mommsen, Heinrich von Treitschke, Heinrich von Sybel, Hermann Baumgarten, Friedrich Meinecke, Wilhelm Maurenbrecher e Georg Voigt.
Desse seminario, fizeram parte Wilhelm Giesebrecht, Georg Waitz e Heinrich von Sybel, que eram os discipulos mais considerados por Rank e que se tornaram disseminadores das concepcoes do mestre.
77), e os de Georg Waitz e Leopold von Ranke, de autoria de Heinrich von Sybel e publicados em 1886 (n.